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Beach Baby

Having a winter baby really makes you appreciate the summer. We’ve been visiting grandparents, eating solid foods, chasing cats, and getting in as much beach time as possible. I thought the first time Ellis got a fist full of sand in his mouth would be the last. But he seems to have a taste for […]

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Not Just a Mom

To be in a position to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself first. When not at work, Brooke is either responding to Ellis’ needs or to those of her bearded adult baby who also needs attention. If she’s lucky, she might get an episode or two of The Mindy Project […]

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Good Harbor

Ellis’ nursery is ocean-themed. His middle name is a local beach. His parents love the sea and are hell-bent on making sure their son does, too. If we don’t manufacture every component of Ellis’ destiny then who will? He was born in the winter, so Ellis didn’t make his first trip to the beach (at least one […]

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Five Years

Brooke married me five years ago today (photo below taken by our dear friend Yoon). A few things have changed since then. Brooke worked hard to transition to a great new career. We have a mortgage and a place we plan on calling home shy of forever. Oh, and we created human life. We have a beautiful son […]

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Three Months

Ellis started daycare this week. Which means Brooke is back to work. I’ll leave out the picture of Brooke crying after we left him in the care of (very sweet) strangers for the first time. It’s been an emotional week. But it’s also been one with lots of promise. Unlike much of the first two […]

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Getting Acquainted

Ellis has seven weeks underneath his belt. He seems to digest things (a little) better, cry less, sleep (a little) longer at night, and he’s even starting to smile at the absurd noises and faces his two giant roommates make. I felt a connection to the kid from the first time I saw him. But […]

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He’s Here

We’ve been waiting a long time, but Ellis finally arrived last week. Brooke got some time off work before the due date, so we nested and rested. We went to some midwife appointments. One day big snow flakes fell from the sky, and Ellis decided he was ready to enter the world. As far as […]

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Model

Brett is one of my favorite photo subjects. I thought that was because of his dreamy eyes, but after seeing him on my recent trip to Louisville, I realized it might have something to do with him always getting into things. He’s always tinkering or fixing or doing something visual. That, and he has dreamy […]

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Nesting

Brooke spent most of her pregnancy living in a construction zone. The instinct to nest kicked in, and she had no means to make a comfortable place for her baby. This past weekend we were showered with so much love (and gifts) from friends and family. With the renovations and nursery pretty much complete, Brooke […]

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The Guest

I’ve talked to some wedding photographers who find it stressful to attend weddings as guests. It feels like they’re in the office. I love it, however. When I’m working I don’t eat hors devours or drink anything other than water. So I feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m unleashed on cocktail […]

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